Syracuse, NY — Two former Syracuse football players are now having as big of an impact off the field for SU Athletics as they did on it.
Arthur and Chandler Jones made a seven-figure donation to the John A. Lally Athletics Complex, specifically for the new Football Operations Center, SU announced Wednesday.
The donation is part of Syracuse University’s $1.5 billion “Forever Orange” campaign and will be used to complete Phase 1 of construction of the new athletics complex. While work began on the building in the spring, the university continues to acquire donations to provide additional renovations like the new football wing.
Several other donations were made by former football players this year, including Michael Bill and David Tate.
A second-level suite inside the Football Operations Center will be named after the Jones brothers.
“My father being a pastor, he instilled in my brothers and me that it is always better to give than to receive,” Arthur Jones said in a statement. “Syracuse University has been a blessing to my family and I over the years. The impact SU has had on me is invaluable, and you can’t put a dollar amount on that.
Chandler Jones said, “Syracuse football is a great piece of my history that I will always cherish. It’s an honor for me to give back and help shape the future of Syracuse football. Together, we can continue to build a legacy of excellence on the football field and in the classroom.
The Jones brothers grew up in Endicott, New York, near Binghamton, and both played on the Orange defensive line. Both went on to pursue their NFL careers.
Arthur Jones played for SU from 2005-2009 and was a two-time first-team All-Big East pick. He finished his time at Syracuse with 145 career tackles and 38.5 tackles for loss and received the ‘Cuse Defensive Play of the Year 2009’ award.
Selected in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, Arthur Jones played eight seasons in the NFL for the Ravens, Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins. He’s had a Super Bowl ring since Baltimore won in 2013.
Chandler Jones rode for two seasons at SU with his older brother, playing from 2008-11. He was a first-team All-Big East selection and was later selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Patriots of New England.
In his career with the Orange, he had 147 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Chandler Jones also had two turnovers for SU – an interception and a fumble recovery, although he forced five in total in his four seasons.
While in the NFL, Chandler Jones won Super Bowl XLIX with the Patriots. He also played for the Arizona Cardinals and is currently under contract with the Las Vegas Raiders. He has recorded the most sacks (107.5) and forced fumbles (33) of any player in the league since 2012. Two years ago he was named to the NFL All-Decade Team 2010.
Syracuse Athletics has raised $43.5 million towards its Phase 1 goal of $55 million for the Lally Athletics Complex. The ‘Cuse Athletics Fund had its second-best fundraising year in the 2021-22 fiscal year, raising $29.1 million from more than 9,700 donors.
The “Forever Orange” campaign at Syracuse University, under which the Jones brothers’ donation falls, is working to raise $1.5 billion with a goal of 125,000 individual donors. SU has already reached 80% of that financial goal, according to the campaign’s website.
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